Taliban fighters beat ladies protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a uncommon rally within the Afghan capital, days forward of the primary anniversary of the hardline Islamists’ return to energy.
Since seizing energy on August 15 final 12 months, the Taliban have rolled again the marginal good points made by ladies in the course of the twenty years of US intervention in Afghanistan.
About 40 ladies – chanting “Bread, work and freedom” – marched in entrance of the training ministry constructing in Kabul, earlier than the fighters dispersed them by firing their weapons into the air, an AFP correspondent reported.
Some ladies protesters who took refuge in close by outlets had been chased and crushed by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts.
The protesters carried a banner which learn “August 15 is a black day” as they demanded rights to work and political participation.
“Justice, justice. We’re fed up with ignorance,” chanted the protesters, lots of them not sporting face veils, earlier than they dispersed.
Some journalists protecting the protest – the primary ladies’s rally in months – had been additionally crushed by the Taliban fighters.
After seizing energy, the Taliban had promised a softer model of the tough Islamist rule that characterised their first stint in energy from 1996 to 2001.
However many restrictions have already been imposed.
Tens of hundreds of women have been shut out of secondary faculties, whereas ladies have been barred from returning to many authorities jobs.
Girls have additionally been banned from travelling alone on lengthy journeys, and may solely go to public gardens and parks within the capital on days separate from males.
In Might, the nation’s supreme chief and chief of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, even ordered ladies to totally cowl themselves in public, together with their faces – ideally with an all-encompassing burqa.
Some Afghan ladies initially pushed again in opposition to the curbs, holding small protests.
However the Taliban quickly rounded up the ringleaders, holding them incommunicado whereas denying they’d been detained.
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